At 11:00 am on Monday, The Presidents of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, Rutland Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Addison County Chamber of Commerce will be announcing their organizations’ unified support of extending rail service from New York City on from Rutland to Burlington.
This is very good news for the Ethan Allen.
This event will be held at the Burlington Train Station at Union Station located on the ground floor of One Main Street in Burlington.
The administration is discussing using stimulus funds to rebuild the Rutland – Burlington line, along with funds from the previous $30 million earmark obtained by former Senator Jim Jeffords.
There is competition for stimulus funds, so we need to keep attention on the importance of the train.
Representatives of Vermont’s Congressional Delegation, state senators and representatives and businesspersons concerned about maintaining this critical transportation infrastructure will join Lake Champlain Chamber Tom Torti, along with Tom Donahue of the Rutland Regional Chamber of Commerce and Andy Mayer of the Addison County Chamber of Commerce at this event.
Here's what you can do to stay safe around trains...
Never trespass on any railroad property or right of way! Doing so is illegal and risks serious injury or death.
Cross only at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings! Look for a train moving from either direction -- and then look for a second train from either direction.
Always expect a train! Trains do not have set schedules and can approach from either direction at any time of day or night. Trains do not take holidays.
Don't stand next to tracks! Trains can overhang the tracks by three feet on either side, and straps and tiedowns can extend even further.
Never try to beat a train! Because of their size, you cannot judge a train's speed or distance. Trains cannot make sudden stops. Remember that a locomotive weighs 200 tons. An automobile being hit by a train is equivalent to a soda can being hit by an automobile.